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Thread: Tips on making design board

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    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    I have found it impossible to use directional fabric without a design board. However, I have no place where I can have a permanent one. I do have room to store one behind a double bookcase and then can just place in front of bookcase when in use. Problem is, I can't find stiff cardboard that comes larger than you would find for an appliance. Need suggestions that are roughly the same width at cardboard. Also, can I use any kind of white flannel for this board or is one kind better than another?

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    My dear son made me a nice board out of the foam insulation board. I then covered it with a 80/20 batting and the fabric sticks so nicely to it without pins.

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    I made one out of one of those folding, cardboard cutting mats. I got it at Joann's. I stapled flannel to the side with the lines on it and I fold it up for storage when I'm not using it. It's not the prettiest thing, but it does the job.

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    Like ur ideas!

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    I have to redo mine as it fell off the wall....
    have used felt twice now and not happy with it....
    am going to try flannel this time as I have lots....
    and currently don't have extra batting...that will be my last choice due to cost
    was thinking perhaps I could find a old used room screen
    and cover it with flannel. You know the old ones that stood in corners....will have to check my local thrift stores

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees
    I have to redo mine as it fell off the wall....
    have used felt twice now and not happy with it....
    am going to try flannel this time as I have lots....
    and currently don't have extra batting...that will be my last choice due to cost
    was thinking perhaps I could find a old used room screen
    and cover it with flannel. You know the old ones that stood in corners....will have to check my local thrift stores
    Your folding room screen is an excellent idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexene
    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees
    I have to redo mine as it fell off the wall....
    have used felt twice now and not happy with it....
    am going to try flannel this time as I have lots....
    and currently don't have extra batting...that will be my last choice due to cost
    was thinking perhaps I could find a old used room screen
    and cover it with flannel. You know the old ones that stood in corners....will have to check my local thrift stores
    Your folding room screen is an excellent idea!
    Thank you, now all I have to do if find one.....

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    I also made one out of foam insulation board. It was easy to cut to the size I wanted with a steak knife. The insulation board is light violet, if that helps you to go look at it. Then I covered it with the 80/20 batting, as my sister used that on hers and it has worked out well for her.

    I am very happy with mine. Oh, wait, I took pictures of it for someone else on the board. Let me see if I can find them. Yup...I found them. Mine slides behind the door to this room.
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    Oh....I got the insulation board at Lowe's for $8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    Oh....I got the insulation board at Lowe's for $8.
    maybe I can use the insulation stuff and make it look like a folding screen.....would like it to be about 6 feet wide. may have to involve my contractor son in this adventure....DH has already gone to heaven, so hes no help. Maybe like 2 foot wide sections had fold like a screen.

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    That could work, I think. It comes 4'x8'. I just duck taped my batting on. I am sure flannel would work...or at least you would think it would. I bought a spray on adhesive to use but decided that would be too messy for me. The duck tape worked fine....though it might have been duct tape. :) In fact, that tape might work for sort of a hinge thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    Oh....I got the insulation board at Lowe's for $8.
    I'm not quite sure what to look for. Does this insulation board have paper or foil on the sides? This sure would make an inexpensive one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the casual quilter
    I made one out of one of those folding, cardboard cutting mats. I got it at Joann's. I stapled flannel to the side with the lines on it and I fold it up for storage when I'm not using it. It's not the prettiest thing, but it does the job.
    This is what I did to. Works great and cheap to make to. I used the back side of a flannel tablecloth that I got at the Goodwill store for $.99 cents!

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    I used 2 of the 4'x8' insulation for the base of my design wall. Then used duct tape on the front and the back to make a hinge ... I actually made the hinge starting with them together so I knew it would fold properly.

    Then I put down papers in my garage. A friend came over and we cut the BATTING to the size of the whole design wall plus enough to turn under to the back side of the DW. We then folded the batting into a neat little bundle the width of the DW and used the 3M Super 77 multipurpose adhesive spray - bought an an office supply store and not a LQS - this is NOT the quilting/fabric spray! -on the DW then carefully put the batting in place. Note: it really is extremely important to have 2 people do this unless you like challenging your vocabulary and such.

    Once the batting was on we folded the DW and secured the edges of the batting to the wrong side of the DW.

    This DW is folded behind a tall bookcase in my living room. I did put plastic around it to keep it from getting dusty. Then I draped an afghan covered by a mola over the exposed area and it is now a design element in my living room.

    I used the 2 pieces of insulation as I wanted a very large DW. There is no reason you can't use less for a smaller DW.

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    Oops, I forgot the picture. Here it is.

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    Wow, Alikat, yours looks good even when it is stored.

    Rexene, the insulation board I bought is a light violet color, and it has that pink panther guy on it. No foil. It was just in the aisles that have plywood and such at Lowe's. I'm sure Office Depot and such have it too.

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    ...Opps, I meant Home Depot, not Office Depot. It comes n 4 foot by 8 foot pieces.

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    OK....it means a trip to Home Depot....will put on my contractor hat, so I look like one of the guys....maybe my pink tool belt will help !!!!! (yes I dyed a leather tool belt pink...NO one borrows it !)

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    Oh, I like your pink tool belt idea!!

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    Yes, I get a lot of giggles, but it is MINE, and no one borrows it and I always know where it is....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    Oops, I forgot the picture. Here it is.

    ali
    Cool! DW as decoration. Watch out Martha Stewart, quilters are smart and creative. Great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the casual quilter
    I made one out of one of those folding, cardboard cutting mats. I got it at Joann's. I stapled flannel to the side with the lines on it and I fold it up for storage when I'm not using it. It's not the prettiest thing, but it does the job.
    I did the exact same thing! Great minds think alike :)

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    I'm really glad I asked this question. A lot of options here! Thanks ladies! If you have more ideas, keep them coming. I won't be getting to the store before Monday.

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    My design wall is made of tentest covered with black fleece and screwed onto the wall. You could use the same, and slide it away.

    Another though ... anyone have sliding closet doors? Cover them with your design wall fabric.


    For design wall covering ... at a LQS, they had design walls covered with a flannel that is made especially for design walls, with a 2" grid woven right into the fabric (white flannel, blue grid)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    My design wall is made of tentest covered with black fleece and screwed onto the wall. You could use the same, and slide it away.

    Another though ... anyone have sliding closet doors? Cover them with your design wall fabric.


    For design wall covering ... at a LQS, they had design walls covered with a flannel that is made especially for design walls, with a 2" grid woven right into the fabric (white flannel, blue grid)
    am not familiar with "Tentest" what is that...

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